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First, we peer back at the moment when pok­ing into the pri­vate lives of polit­i­cal fig­ures became stan­dard prac­tice in the Amer­i­can media. In 1987, Gary Hart was a young charis­mat­ic Demo­c­rat, poised to win his party’s nom­i­na­tion and pos­si­bly the pres­i­den­cy. Many of us know the sto­ry of what hap­pened next, and even if you don’t, it’s a famil­iar tale. But at the time, politi­cians and polit­i­cal reporters found them­selves in unchart­ed ter­ri­to­ry. With help from author Matt Bai, we look at how the events of that May shaped the way we cov­er pol­i­tics, and expand­ed our sense of what’s appro­pri­ate when it comes to judg­ing a candidate.

Then, we trav­el to South Korea where the first-ever paparazzi pho­tos turned the world of K‑pop upside down and intro­duced sort of a puzzle …

A glob­al jug­ger­naut, K‑Pop gar­ners bil­lions in sales and mil­lions of fans hang­ing on every note, watch­ing K‑pop idols syn­chro­nize and strut. And that fame rests on a fan­ta­sy, K‑pop stars have to be chaste and pure, but also … avail­able. Until recent­ly, Kore­an music agen­cies and K‑pop fans held their pop stars to a strict set of rules designed to keep that fan­ta­sy alive. That is, until Dis­patch showed up.

Tak­ing a cue from Amer­i­can and British paparazzi, a group of South Kore­an reporters start­ed hid­ing in their cars and snap­ping pho­tos of stars on their secret dates. Which rais­es the ques­tion: how much do you want to know about the peo­ple you idol­ize, and when is enough enough?